Beer Profile: Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock

Profiled by Millie and Ken Carman

Image courtesy of Bierkraft
Image courtesy of Bierkraft

The bottle proclaims…

“Brewed according to its historic recipe of 1609, created by the Benedictine Monks.”

According to Beer Advocate

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock | 7.00% ABV

Ken’s comments…

“If you like a true Doppelbock, heavy on the lager yeast and sweet malt, then this is the beer for you. Dark with garnet/ruby highlights with great clarity, malt sweetness up front with just the right light carbonation this beer should be respected, style-wise. The head is more bubble than ‘foam’ despite at least one reviewer’s comments at Beer Advocate, and we didn’t notice that many ‘legs’ to the pour. It also has a nice toasty; darker malt, ‘nose.'” Little hop sense, as per style.

“It should be noted that personally I don’t like this much lager-yeast sense to my beer. What many call ‘clean’ to me tastes a tad sulfuric and in this case a bit too astringent. But that’s probably just me. I guess that’s why I prefer ales.”

From Millie’s notes…

Strong maltiness noted to the aroma, with slight sense of fruit: raisin. Dark brown; ruby highlights with large, persistent head: to style. The flavor is rich and malty. There’s a slight prune-plum sense. Toasty caramel notes as it warms with more raisins. Tends to cling to roof of mouth making it just a bit motor oil-ish. This may be because it’s a lager. Smooth warming, yet strong, alcohol presence.

Excellent example of style. Strong and rich.